MPs storm out of Ruto ICC prayer rally after Kabogo, Waititu supporters clash
14 September 2015, 10:33
Nairobi - Supremacy battles between Kiambu Governor, William Kabogo and Kabete MP, Ferdinand Waititu disrupted a prayer rally for the ICC trial of Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang on Sunday.
Trouble started when supporters of Governor Kabogo booed Waititu who arrived for the prayers at Ruiru Stadium in the afternoon, forcing some MPs to leave in protest before they addressed the rally, after matters turned chaotic.
Mt Elgon MP, John Serut who was to speak on behalf of lawmakers from Western Kenya and Marakwet East MP stormed out of the meeting.
“This is not what we came here for. We did not come to be to listen to local Kiambu and Central Kenya politics. This is very wrong,” said Serut before jumping into his on-waiting car and zooming off.
A furious Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria stormed out of the prayer rally too before it ended, after the rowdy youths allied to the two politicans engaged in a shouting match.
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"Kiambu doesn’t belong Kabogo or Waititu and I strongly condemn both of them. It is a sad that we worked hard to convene this prayer meeting for our brothers Ruto and Sang only for the supremacy battles between two politicians to scuttle everything,” Kuria told journalists.
Earlier before the chaos, leaders from Central Kenya who organized the meeting took the opportunity to reassure their counterparts from the Rift Valley that they are fully behind Deputy President William Ruto, dispelling the notion that they have abandoned him.
Host Governor, William Kabogo set the ball rolling in the well-attended meeting when he said that contrary to media reports, TNA coalition side of Jubilee backs the Deputy President in his ICC case.
"We want to tell our brothers from the rift valley that we from central Kenya support Ruto and have been supporting him since 2013 when he teamed up with President Uhuru Kenyatta. We shall continue supporting him until 2022 because we have an agreement that he should be the head of state when Kenyatta finishes his 10-year term," said Kabogo.
Over 100 MPs and a number of Governors and Senators were present at the rally.
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